Flannel Friday 11/22

It’s time for Flannel Friday!

The seasons are changing and the weather is getting cooler! What better way to celebrate the fall season than to wear your favorite flannel? Come over to Brookens Library on Friday, November 22nd for Flannel Friday!

From 1pm – 2:30pm, we’ll be handing out free popcorn and lemonade, and we’ll be celebrating all things fall with treats and plenty of fun! What better way to get into the season by wearing flannel clothing? Hope to see you there!

Read Around the World: Pairing Global Lit and Hot Sips!

Monday, November 18th

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Brookens Library – Main Floor

Choose your favorite beverage and see its international book match. Whether you’re in the mood for fiction or nonfiction, hot chocolate or apple cider, there’s a beverage and book pairing here to help you celebrate International Education Week! Take a break from your studies, peruse our book collection spotlighting different countries and global authors, and pour yourself a hot (or cold) one.

Join us for Hot Sips and Global Lit!

Library of Things

Welcome back to another How To Tuesday! This time we’re going to be looking at Brookens Library’s very own Library of Things. The Library of Things, if you do not know, is exactly what it sounds like! We have various items that we allow patrons to checkout similar to any book in the Library. We have various cooking supplies like cake pans or even a pasta maker. There is also technology like sewing machines and especially cameras! Now we’re going to help you navigate to the library homepage, so you too can explore just some of the things that Brookens has to offer.

Step 1

First, let’s navigate to the Brookens Library homepage, which you probably already know how to do since you’re reading this blog post. However, if you do not then all you have to do is type library.uis.edu into the search box of any browser of your choice.

Library Homepage

Step 2

Click on the ‘Find’ tab to bring down a small menu.

Select Find in the blue bar at the top of the library homepage.

Step 3

On this new menu, click on the ‘Library of Things’ tab.

Arrow pointing to Library of Things link

Step 4

Now at the Library of Things page, you can click on the search bar if you know what you’re looking for, or you can peruse the different pages looking at the many things that the Library of Things has to offer.

Arrow pointing to the search bar and Library of Things categories on the Library of Things page.

And this has been How To Find the Library of Things homepage! You can also go to the library’s main desk to look through and check out Library of Things items. Also it’s International Games Week so don’t be afraid to check out some of the Library of Things many games!

Photo of board games in Library of Things

This has been another How To Tuesday with the S.P.A.R.K. Team. We’ll see you next week for another one!

New Philadelphia Exhibit & ECCE Talk

Please join Brookens Library in welcoming Gerald McWorter and Kate Williams-McWorter on November 5th at 6pm in the Student Union Ballroom for their ECCE Speaker Series presentation, “Free Frank’s New Philadelphia, Illinois: First U.S. Town Founded by a Black Man.”   

We will learn of the personal history and living legacy of Free Frank McWorter, who founded New Philadelphia, an abolitionist town just 20 miles from slavery, and purchased 16 family members from slavery, starting with his pregnant wife and then himself. Gerald McWorter & Kate Williams-McWorter will discuss their recent publication, “New Philadelphia” (2018). Gerald McWorter is the great-great-grandson of “Free” Frank. New Philadelphia was inhabited for more than 100 years. Its location is now on the National Register of Historic Places and under consideration to become a designated National Park.  As Barack Obama said, “New Philadelphia is a site of national importance as the first town known to be founded and platted by an African American. Platted in 1836 by Frank McWorter, a former slave, New Philadelphia thrived as a biracial community during a period of extreme racial tension.” Against all odds, this is an important story of community creation and family unification.

In conjunction with this talk, Brookens Library will have a traveling exhibit on display provided by the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum from October 21st through November 18th

We hope to see you in the library and at the talk on November 5th at 6pm. 

Feature Films & Binge Kits

Hi y’all!

Welcome back to How to Tuesday. Finding movies online can be frustrating and often requires a monthly subscription for access to just a limited selection.  If you are tired of paying for movie rentals and subscriptions, Brookens Library has a wide variety of popular movies and T.V. shows.  This week, we are bringing you information on our collection and how you can access it.  

Feature Film Collection

Picture of the Feature Film Collection in Brookens Library.

Our Feature Film collection is located near the rear of the main floor and contains hundreds of movies available for check out.  In addition, our video collection is located in the same area and contains many documentaries and educational videos available for class, or recreational viewing.  We are always adding new titles and our display provides for optimal browsing experiences.  Looking for a specific movie or show?  Don’t hesitate to ask about it at the circulation desk. 

Binge Kits

Additionally, these colder months are perfect for grabbing a DVD Binge Kit and hibernating inside.  The Binge Kits contain 3 feature films from the same genre and can be found on the main floor of Brookens Library, near the front.  Upon checking out a Binge Kit you will also receive candy of your choice AND a bag of popcorn to complete your movie night.  You can check out up to three movies at a time or one binge kit for up to a week. 

As always, thank you for reading and be sure to tune in next week’s How to Tuesday.                 

Open Access Week Activities 10/21 – 10/25

This year, Open Access Week is from October 21 – 27, 2019.

Open Access Week is an annual scholarly communication event focusing on open access and related topics.  This week is celebrated with a number of workshops, seminars, etc.  The full schedule of events held this year around the globe may be found at their website: http://www.openaccessweek.org/

Brookens Library will be hosting two events next week.

“Open for Students and Educators: Open Educational Resources Level the Playing Field” Webinar
Tuesday, October 22, 1pm – 2pm, Brookens Library Learning Center (230A)

The Library will host the first event, a webinar led by Sara Rachel Benson at UIUC and sponsored by the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) on Open Educational Resources (OER). A description of this webinar is as follows:

Open educational resources (OERs) are not usually a hard sell for students. But what about educators? How do they benefit from having access to resources that are licensed openly? And how can we, as librarians, guide faculty in adopting and adapting OERs? This free webcast will cover essential OER questions and topics, including:

  • What does OER mean?
  • How is OER helpful not only to students, but to educators as well?
  • Locating and adapting OER (or how to interpret Creative Commons licensing attached to OERs)

Speaker: Sara Rachel Benson, Copyright Librarian and Assistant Professor in the Scholarly Communication and Publishing Unit at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Open Textbooks, the Open Textbook Network & Finding Alternate Free Textbooks
Wednesday, October 23, noon – 1pm, Brookens Library Learning Center (BRK 230A)

The Director of Collections and Scholarly Communications, Stephen McMinn, will follow up with a session on Open Textbooks, the Open Textbook Network, and finding alternate free textbooks in your discipline. 

For more information on these events or other Scholarly Communications or Open Educational Resources (OER) contact your subject librarian or Stephen McMinn (hmcmi3@uis.edu).

How to Take a Study Break

Hey All!

Welcome back to How to Tuesday.  Generally, we think of the library as a place of study and peaceful refuge. However, as the semester progresses and assignments become more stressful perhaps what we need most is a study break!  This week we have compiled some of our favorite ways to take a study break in Brookens. 

Lockers and Charging Stations

First and foremost, when getting up to take a study break remember to take your things with you so they don’t go missing or get stolen.  On the main level we have multiple-port charging stations where you can lock up your electronics and ensure a full battery life.  Additionally, we have lockers available for checkout all semester long at the circulation desk.


Get your creative fix in at our Lego table located near the back of the main level! 

Kinetic Sand

Kinetic sand gives your mind the perfect opportunity to decompress and take a break from the task at hand.  Located near the back of the main level, our kinetic sandbox presents the perfect medium to let your creative side take over.

Feature Film Collection

Explore our expansive collection of Feature Films and T.V. show titles to keep you occupied in your downtime.  You can check out up to three movies at a time for up to a week.  We also have a collection of educational videos and documentaries.

Bean Bags

For more comfortable seating (or napping) try dragging one of our giant bean bag chairs to your favorite study spot on the main level. 

Board Games

Take a break with a friend and explore our collection of board games to be checked out.  You might be surprised and find other items in the Library of Things to have fun with.

Take a Nap

Maybe all you need to get back in the studying mood is a power nap.  The fourth floor is a quiet floor and provides a peaceful environment needed to catch a quick snooze.  Try the couches in the lounge or near the curriculum collection!

Draw on a Whiteboard

If you need a visual aid to help you study or a place to catch a quick game of hang-man with friends we have portable white boards available to you on the main level on a first-come-first-serve basis.  In addition, we also have whiteboard tables which can be used for similar purposes.  Markers and erasers are available in a kit to checkout at the circulation desk.

These are just a few of the ways we like to take a break at Brookens.  Be on the lookout for an opportunity to let us know your favorite way to take a study break in the upcoming weeks on the whiteboard on the main level.

Midterms Drop-In Research Help

Drop in and get help with your research! No appointment needed.

Sundays: 4 – 7pm
Mondays–Thursdays: 10 am – noon, 2 – 8pm

Brookens Library is offering drop-in research help for the next two weeks to give you some extra assistance with any midterm research project you might be working on. Stop by the Brookens Library Main Level and get help with your research from one of our librarians all week long.

Our librarians can help you with a variety of research needs, including finding scholarly sources for a paper, developing your research topic, or tracking down a hard-to-find citation, etc.

If none of these times work, you can also schedule an appointment with a librarian. Get step-by-step directions here.

Drop-In Research Help Flyer.

Scholarly Communications Workshop Series

The Director of Collections and Scholarly Communications, Stephen McMinn (hmcmi3@uis.edu), at the Brookens Library will be presenting a number of informative sessions on various scholarly communication topics in the Library Learning Center (BRK 230A) from Noon to 1pm on the dates below. Anyone is welcome to attend, and feel free to bring your lunch!

This Fall, most of the topics covered are related to practical advice and demonstrations of the most popular Bibliographic Management applications designed to help researchers and scholars organize their personal libraries of important articles, books, etc. as well as creating bibliographies.  The Spring sessions will cover such topics as OER (Open Educational Resources), author rights, copyright, using citation tools to determine impact of your scholarship, and related scholarly communication topics.

Scholarly Communications Lunch & Learn Workshop Series:

Overview of Bibliographic Management Tools
October 9th, Noon – 1pm, Library Learning Center (BRK 230A)

This session will demonstrate the basic features of the various bibliographic management applications (EndNote/EndNote Web, Zotero, Mendeley, etc.) as well as discuss the similarities and differences in helping choose the application right for you. Then you can attend the specific session on the tool that best meets your needs.

Open Access Week Event discussing Open Textbooks and the Open Textbook Network
October 23rd, Noon – 1pm, Library Learning Center (BRK 230A)

Open Access week is October 21st-27th (http://www.openaccessweek.org/).  This event will discuss Open Textbooks, the Open Textbook Network, including how to locate and use these resources in place of expensive commercial offerings saving students monies and improving educational outcomes.

EndNote and EndNote Web
November 6th, Noon – 1pm, Library Learning Center (BRK 230A)

This session will cover EndNote and EndNote Web including specifics related to getting citations into the application and demonstrate using this tool to create bibliographies and organizing the important papers related to your research and scholarship.

Zotero Bibliographic Management Tool
November 20th, Noon – 1pm, Library Learning Center (BRK 230A)

This session will cover the Zotero Bibliographic Management tool to organize your citations and create bibliographies. 

Mendeley Bibliographic Management Tool
December 4th, Noon – 1pm, Library Learning Center (BRK 230A)

The Mendeley Bibliographic Management tool was recently purchased by Elsevier and works with Scopus and other databases.  This session will demonstrate how this tool works for creating bibliographies and managing citations.

Schedule a Research Appointment with a Librarian

Research can be challenging. But, thanks to the Brookens Library team, it doesn’t have to be!

You can schedule an appointment with one of our librarians to get help with things like narrowing or broadening your research topic, finding sources for a paper, and searching for articles in our databases. And the best thing of all is that you can book the appointment at a time that is convenient for you!

Check out the video to learn how to book an appointment and get research help now!